This topic has been explored in one of my very favorite shows of all time: Star Trek. It started with that green-blooded hobgoblin, Mr. Spock. He was the product of a Vulcan father and a human mother. Vulcans forgo emotion and instead choose to live life through reason and logic.
They choose to live this way.
That’s a pretty key word. Vulcans in fact are a deeply emotional race. They suppress there emotions through a lifetime of training and meditative techniques.
Now, in the Next Generation, we get to see what living without emotions must really be like.
Data is an android and though he looks human (a pale one at that), he does not possess emotions. Some of my favorite episodes are him trying to come to understand his human crew mates.
When I started designing the worlds in the Portals of destiny, I thought it would be interesting to explore this concept of emotions.
This race was perhaps the most challenging, and yet intriguing to create. I thought it would be fun to delve into a race of beings that many people may already find familiar 😉 Since we don’t know anything about the mysterious visitors that some claim have been coming to our little planet, I took some liberties to give them a history all their own.
The Kromins are telepaths, clones, and androgynous. Their world is unlike anything you could possibly imagine. Rather than a nice solid planet to build houses on, theirs is a semisolid, gaseous whirlwind of hell. Their buildings float in the dense atmosphere (think Cloud City from Star Wars).
The clones have no emotion (to find out why, you’ll have to read the series when it is launched through BookTrope Publishing). which can be sort of problematic when trying to convey the seriousness of a situation. Often times, humans resort to the use of emotions to get the response we want, whether it’s trying to get our way with our parents, spouses, co-workers, or Guardians trying to explain the consequences of the Mekan Fleet strip-mining a world and destroying it. Kind of hard to get the point across as to how devastating these colossal machines can be to life forms if you don’t have the emotional capacity to imagine your loved ones being crushed beneath them, or watching an entire civilization destroyed in as little as ten years.
But even with all of that, wouldn’t we be better off without emotions? I don’t think anyone would argue that the most devastating acts of cruelty happen because of emotion: anger, rage, jealousy, greed, lust. Wouldn’t it be so much better if we could just get rid of all emotion and not have to worry about such things anymore?
Then again, that would mean giving up on all of the wonderful things as well. And how else would we measure the heights of joy before first experiencing the depths of sorrow? Would the “good” emotions even mean anything? And then there’s the whole argument that emotions are themselves not good or bad; it’s what we choose to do with them that is good or evil.
So what do you think? Emotional or emotionless? Keep the “good” ones and do away with the “bad”? Or keep our species just the way it is?